The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), in coordination with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, released this biannual report on human rights in Iraq for the period of January 1, 2009 - June 30, 2009. Among its findings:
"The first half of 2009 was characterized by further improvements in the security situation with fewer high-visibility mass-casualty attacks by militias, insurgents and criminal groups than recorded in 2008. However, notwithstanding the reduction in the number of attacks, indiscriminate attacks as well as targeted killings of security forces, high ranking officials and civil servants, religious and political leaders, members of professional groups such as journalists, educators, medical doctors, judges and lawyers continued to claim lives throughout the reporting period. Numerous reports indicated an increased number of attacks directed at persons based on their perceived sexual orientation. Violence against women and “honour”-related homicides also remained to be of serious concern, as particularly reported in the KRG where, despite the efforts by legislators, many crimes went unpunished."
United Nations Assistance Missn for Iraq